Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Gold Rush Christmas

We always enjoy going to Coloma, especially during Christmas time. Every year they have their old-fashion Christmas celebration right in the heart of the gold country. Just like Nevada City, we always feel like we have stepped back in time. Local volunteers recreate an 1850s country Christmas. They have freshly-made wreaths to buy or you can make your own. Costumed volunteers show you how to make your own corn husk dolls and ropes. They have old-fashioned children's games and music for the kids to participate in. Snow is brought fresh from the mountains for the kids to play in. There are historic buildings including the blacksmith shop and a old schoolhouse. This year it was raining so the usual horse carriage and games were not available but we got to have a tour of the old school house and watch the black smith's demonstrations. It was very educational for the boys and I am always up for these great little field trips!

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